Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Sunday, October 9, 2011

We had really been looking forward to visiting the mountain town of Zakopane after all of the recommendations we had received, and it didn't disappoint. Yes, it was cold, but with the cold came snow! And every good Canadian knows that’s a fair trade. It was really exciting to see real snow again. We had seen the 'snow’ shavings that come from ice rinks, but it doesn’t count unless it falls from the sky.

  Anyways, back to Zakopane. We spent two days enjoying the fresh mountain air. On the first day we took the funicular up some semi-mountains to have a beer outside in the sunshine (with mittens on) and enjoy the view of the real snow-capped mountains. We also took some time just strolling around the cute main street and browsing countless outdoor stores and touristy souvenir stands. To be honest, it was pretty tacky! Lots of junk and not really anything good for a real souvenir anywhere we visited in Poland. We were a bit disappointed about that! One awesome Polish thing that we unfortunately can’t bring home is this crazy looking cheese. At first we thought it was pastry, as it is kind of light brown.. I will try to get a picture as it’s difficult to describe. But the cheese itself is much like our cheese curd, but packed into a mould, and it’s quite salty as they keep it packed in brine (sometimes?). There were probably a hundred different stalls selling seemingly the exact same cheeses all beside each other in a row. I don’t understand how they can all do good business, but whatever works! 

  On the second day we went for a moderately strenuous hike up on of the real mountains. Not an overly snow-capped one, as it would be a bit dangerous (slippery), and the weather wasn’t the greatest. It was a nice hike though, with lots of bright coloured leaves on the ground and the trail was nicely groomed with rock steps all the way up. It was tiring though, and we were happy to get back down to the hostel and make some food – pancakes for me, perogies for Nick. 

  Zakopane was our last stop in Poland, and it was really nice to see some mountains and nature again! 

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